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The Vampire Diaries "All My Children" Recap

The Vampire Diaries "All My Children": The Good, The Bad, and The Bloody

The Mikaelson family is the focus of this week's The Vampire Diaries, as Esther goes forward with her plan to kill her own children, abominations though they may be. Elena spends much of the episode as a hostage in an underground hole, while Damon and Stefan scramble to save the girl they both love. There are a couple of shocking turns for two characters: one that's actually not that surprising in retrospect, and one I didn't see coming at all.

Generally, this episode doesn't feel as exciting as recent Vampire Diaries for me — except for a cute interaction between Klaus and Caroline. To get to all the good, the bad, and the bloody, just keep reading.

The Good

  • It seems like Damon's revenge sex with Rebekah does make Elena jealous, because she catches Rebekah in her walk of shame out of the house who gives him a disgusted "how could you?" look.
  • The Mikaelson siblings need their own reality show. When Rebekah returns from her dalliance with Damon, comic relief Kol declares "sista is a strumpet," while Klaus watches amused from the sidelines. And when Kol and Klaus go drinking, all I want is to be a barfly on the wall of the Mystic Grill.
  • Elena is feeling guilty about her part in Esther's plan to kill her kids because she doesn't think Elijah deserves to die (should have spoken up last week when you were watching him drink that wine, sweetie). When Elijah drops by Chez Elena, they go for a walk in the woods, and Elijah confronts Elena about lying to him. He figures out Esther's plan, and when Elena wishes she could help, Elijah takes her up on her "offer" and traps her in the hole under the surface.
  • Esther needs reinforcements for the ritual to kill her children, and she recruits Bonnie and Abby so she can channel their witch bloodline. They readily agree, because they want the Mikaelsons dead. Unfortunately, getting themselves involved makes them pawns in Elijah's plan to stop Esther, and he tells Stefan and Damon that they have to kill Bonnie or her mother or he'll let Rebekah kill Elena.
  • Meanwhile, the Salvatores devise their own plan, using Caroline to distract Klaus at the bar. On his own, Kol hits on Meredith, and when Alaric gets a chance to dagger him, the Mikaelson siblings drop because they're linked. Klaus knows something is wrong immediately, and he finds Kol behind the bar and undaggers him. It's enough time for Elena to run away from Rebekah, and she's almost home free when she reaches the threshold that vampires can't cross. Frustrated, Rebekah tosses gasoline and a match to smoke Elena out.
  • It's ritual time, and after Damon slips to Klaus that Esther is going to kill all of them, Elijah confirms it. Assembled at the spell site, Esther gets ready to sacrifice Finn and kill the children. Klaus threatens his mother to get her to knock it off, but she's unmoved. She goes forward with her spell, but nothing happens — because Damon has just killed Abby and made her a vampire. It's a loophole, but Bonnie reels, not wanting to see Elena later because it's indirectly her fault.
  • Klaus and Caroline, you guys! When she shows up to the bar and shuts him down immediately, he follows her outside like a puppy dog. Undeterred, Klaus cutely asks her to take a chance and get to know him. She reluctantly sits, and he asks to hear all about her. I leave you with this exchange: "I'm too smart to be seduced by you." "That's why I like you." It's so on.
  • Back at the Salvatores, we learn that Stefan was supposed to turn Bonnie's mom because he lost the coin toss, but Damon admits that he stepped in because he can see that Stefan is trying to get back to being old Stefan. Damon gets him to reveal that he hasn't drank any blood since the Wickery Bridge incident, while Stefan accuses Damon of still loving Elena. The still-wounded vampire brushes it off, saying, "I'm better at being the bad guy anyway."

The Bad

  • I'm on Team Delena through and through, but I feel like — hear me out — something is sparking between Elena and Elijah. They each feel equally guilty about having out the others' life in danger, and at the end of the episode, he sends her a note trying to explain where he's coming from. I don't know if it's totally virtue that's driving this tenderness toward Elena or something else. Maybe he's been drinking the same water as the Salvatore brothers.
  • Are we supposed to be freaking out over the white oak tree the same way Klaus and Rebekah are after she sees the drawings in the cave? If it really is a threat to my beloved Klaus's life, then fine. But it felt a little anti-climactic to see two remorseless killers trembling over a piece of foliage.

The Bloody

  • Hate to say it Alaric, but being victimized by Meredith Fell is so predictable that it's hard to be sympathetic. After she nurses him back to health after his run-in with the Mikaelsons, he wakes at her house, and snooping, finds a knife. It's pretty obvious that it's the same one that was used to stab him last week, and when he looks up, she tells him he wasn't supposed to see that, and fires a gun at him.

What did you think of this week's Alaric cliffhanger and the fact that Bonnie's mother is now a vampire? And will you miss the other Mikaelsons that we were just getting to know? Weigh in below!

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 4 years
Episode didn't live up to its pretty high expectations for me; a C at most. The highlights of the episode both included Caroline - the scene with Klaus and the teary scene with Elena at Bonnie's door. Also, wtf, the Mikaelsons are leaving already?! NO :(   I can't believe TVD is taking another break, though!
nancy94 nancy94 4 years
I was feeling an Elijah/Elena connection last season. Would I be in favor of Elena going with an non-Salvatore option? Heck yeah! I never liked the new Dr Quinn Medecine Woman character. I just fast forward thru the parts where Meredith talks. This sapling business seems a bit thrown in. So now there's another big bad tree no one came across till the middle of season three? Really show, really?
BlueSkyCrying BlueSkyCrying 4 years
I actually found Bad Stefan really entertaining and amusing! I'm sad to see him go. I do agree with Shannon about Elena and Elijah . . . yes she does have a lot on her romantic plate but there definitely seemed to be something between them on this episode and maybe the last one or two as well. However, I still long for a Damon/Elena hookup. He can't live in unrequited angst the rest of his life, can he??? Caroline and Klaus . . . very interesting! I don't want to see Tyler hurt when he gets back to town, but the possibilities here are intriguing.
demarco11 demarco11 4 years
Nice to see the end of "Bad Stefan". Also liking the Klaus/Caroline story even though I was totally game for the Caroline/Tyler story :) Looks like she's got great chemistry with all involved parties. I'm glad they've made her character more interesting, once she was turned Caroline's stories improved 100%. Now did Meredith only cause a flesh wound, or are we gonna find out she's supernatural in some way? Also - it wouldn't be surprising if Elijah was into Elena as he was in love with the pre-doppelganger doppelganger. But I don't see it being reciprocated by her.
citygrl12 citygrl12 4 years
@hjelander I feel the same way as you..really wanna know who the serial killer is and my fav moment of the episode was Klaus and Caroline scene..I just hope Alaric doesn't die..as it is, his ring hasn't been working properly so fingers crossed!
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 4 years
Elijah and Elena?! Shannon, I think you're trippin'. There are already too many lovesick cooks in Elena's kitchen. Agree on the tree thing though; that was mostly laughable.
hjelander hjelander 4 years
I agree that the tree cliffhanger was less than satisfying, but the end with Alaric... dear lord what is going to happen?? I'm actually intrigued by the serial killer plot line. It's fun to take a page from the non mystical. I love Alaric and if he dies I don't see how Elena can get over another death of a loved one. My favorite storyline is Klaus and Caroline for sure. Who doesn't love a bad guy turned good? I was always a sucker for Elena and Stefan just because I respect Elena as the heroine, however I'm pretty sad to see the flame between she and Damon dying. Next week's episode looks good, if not slightly out of the blue with "Sage."
likethedirection likethedirection 4 years
I hope the Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah (and maybe Kol) stick around. I've liked Klaus from the beginning, even when he was a complete baddie. Not so interested in the Meredith storyline. And I'm so excited to see Stefan slowly making it back to 'normal', even if that means the end of Delena.
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